The Trip of Good Light – Part IV

by Steve Eshom on November 1, 2007

The last installment about my 7 day railfan adventure around the desert…

Day 6 – After a lengthy but beautiful drive from Tucson north to Kingman we headed out for the western Seligman and Needles subs. Ok, you’ll have to sit down for this one, but we were semi-skunked at Kingman around sunrise. Yes, that’s right, the transcon failed to produce a train at the exactly the right time. It was Monday, so I guess we get what we get. So much for the beautiful sunrise shot at Kingman.

We spent most of the mid day hours at Klinefelter enjoying the various curves and rock cuts. We headed west following the H-KCKBAR9 which turned out to be quite the joyful encounter! After photographing it we landed at Ludlow for some of the last light of the day where I captured the Z-WSPNBY8 ripping around the curve in the setting sun.

Desert Sunset

Desert Sunset

Day 7 – We spent the night in Barstow and headed out in the morning for a West Daggett sunrise. Just like always this spot never fails for a fabulously orange desert sunrise. This time the V-SBDMGO3 provided the subject.

Desert Sunrise

Desert Sunrise

Next we headed for Basin at the east end of Afton canyon. This place is raw and at spots the railroad appears to live on a limited lease. It seems like a torrent of water could wash down this canyon and wipe out 100 years of railroading history in a few moments. Fortunately it was far too hot and dry for that on our visit so we just enjoyed a day of normal operations on the Cima Sub.

K-Line Exits Afton

K-Line Exits Afton

After a few trains at Basin the Cima sub cooled off. We started making our way to Las Vegas for the rendezvous with our flight home. We took the ‘long way’ following the railroad over the summit hoping to catch something. Along the way we made a stop at the fantastic Kelso, CA depot to wrap up our adventure.

Kelso

Kelso

So ends my trip of good light…may there be good light in your future!

[tags]railfan, photos, photography, trains, bnsf, california, afton, barstow, kelso, up [/tags]

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